Meet the Dealer: Vintage Rust at Splendid!

Today we’re talking with Doug Nakanishi, one of the dealers behind Splendid space #52. He and his wife, Connie, are the duo who run Vintage Rust–one of the Stars Antiques family’s newer spaces. They do a wonderful job finding industrial pieces, signage, salvage, vintage souvenirs, furniture and a lot more. Come down to the shop and check them out!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Doug:

How did you get into vintage?
I was born and raised in Chicago and I was always into collecting vintage things when I was growing up. At a very young age I collected stickers, beer cans and as I grew up I collected vintage clothing, used albums and even worked for a used book store that sold antiques, too.

How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
In the 1980s, I was a picker in Chicago. I went to the University of Iowa and I used to go to farm auctions before Ebay. I would bring treasures back and sell them to collectors, dealers, photographers, and designers. I was a professional photographer in Chicago and I used junking to supplement my income. In the 1990s I took a corporate job, but I realized that I didn’t enjoy the corporate path, so I returned to my true love with was hunting for treasures. I have been a picker my whole life!

What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
My specialty is reclaimed treasures from the past. Therefore, the company name is Vintage Rust. I enjoy industrial, farm primitive, and americana past treasures. American history such as the machinist era, and pieces that bring back America’s past is what I love.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage scores are pieces with stories from where they came from. For example, a “game of chance wheel” that came from a old carnival or a industrial piece that came from an old garage in Chicago, etc. Treasures with stories.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I am not a collector. I know that’s rare in this business, but I try not to get attached to physical objects. I enjoy them for a while and then I sell them.

Any vintage shopping tips?
My vintage shopping tip is only buy what you love! Never buy things because you think you can make a buck.

How do you like to unwind?
I unwind with my wife and 2 Golden Retriever dogs. Fly fishing, traveling on the road for stuff and eating at great places.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Portland. I have so many favorite places to eat. I am a foodie at heart. I love Toro Bravo, Screen Door, Pok Pok and Podnah’s Pit. My favorite place to shop is Stars & Spendid and Monticello antiques malls.

What is your perfect winter day?
My perfect winter day is fly fishing with my wife in one of Oregon’s rivers for Winter Steelhead and then, if the fish aren’t biting, finding some farmer who has stuff to sell!

Thanks, Doug & Connie!

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #52, VINTAGE RUST!

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Meet the Dealer: Orient Express Antiques!

Today we’re spending some time with Michael Burns, Stars & Splendid dealer #44. His business is called Orient Express Antiques and he’s been in the Stars family for nearly 5 years. His specialty is Asian and eclectic antiques and he’s been a dealer for more than 25 years. Stop by and visit his wonderful space and check out some of his current amazing pieces online HERE.

A FUN Q&A WITH MICHAEL FROM ORIENT EXPRESS AT SPLENDID

How did you get into vintage?
Just started collecting miscellaneous stuff of no consequence until I saw a friend’s collection that really hit me and then we started collecting in earnest.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Yes, Asian items mainly, but also eclectic items.

What is your favorite era?
18th & 19th century.

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding the unusual Asian pieces that no one else has.

What is the vintage score that got away?
Well, if you snooze you lose when you see something and it happened to me with a pair of very unusual vases, which I have always regretted not buying at the time.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Be very careful!

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
We don’t go out to restaurants much to eat, so it would be hard to say but we do like to eat at the University Club.

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
We check out a lot of the consignment shops, as you never know what might be there. Although the picking are slim these days.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Since we are retired, anything we want to! We like to garden, entertain and go to movies.

How do you unwind?
Gardening and reading.

Have any fun trips planned?
Yes, several this year: Georgia, San Francisco, Palm Springs and who knows what else.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
We enjoy adventure, sci-fi movies and some comedies.

Thanks, Michael!

Meet the Dealer: You’ve Been Pinked!

This week we’re talking to Devanda! She is 1/2 of the best friend duo behind Stars and Splendid space #6, You’ve Been Pinked. I must say their booth looks like a dreamy valentine right now! So many sweet things to bring back to your nest. Devanda and Pam have a lot of fun finding new treasures to bring to the booth. This is their first romp of selling vintage and they’ve been with us for almost two years now (time flies!!). Maybe you will find that special something you have been looking for–they bring in new items on a weekly basis.

A FUN Q&A WITH DEVANDA & PAM FROM STARS AND SPLENDID

What would you say your specialty is?
Furniture from the 20s and 30s. We stock our booth with things that we would have in our own homes. Romantic homes style things.

How did you get into vintage?
We have always loved it and have been collecting forever

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Toleware and anything pink (of course!). So many different interests. Hard to list them all!

What is your favorite era?
Pam’s is the 30s—50s and mine is… probably about the same!

What is your dream vintage score?
Oh there are so many…

What is the vintage score that got away?
Can’t really think of any right now. We don’t really worry about the ones that got away—just always on the hunt for more treasures.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Just have to keep at it and have some luck!

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, etc?
Love watching old 30s and 40s movies… love the houses, furniture… all of it!

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
Target and home goods stores.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Pam loves to read and I love to decorate and read all the decorating magazines.

How do you unwind?
I unwind with my magazines.

Stop by Splendid and see You’ve Been Pinked!

 

Meet the Dealer: Janice from Stars!

Today we’re hearing from a longtime member of the Stars family, Janice Plihal, Stars dealer #60 of Janice’s Primitives and Garden. Janice has been with us for about 9 years and she is one very talented lady! Her custom furniture has a long list of people scrambling for her creations. She is also the resident Queen of Shells–come see her beautiful boxes brightly lit in a special case on the edge of her space. Not surprisingly once you see it, Janice’s work has been featured in numerous shelter magazines: Country Living, Coastal Style, Romantic Country and Traditional Home.

“I love it when my husband, Charles, delivers a large piece of my furniture from Stars to its new home. He gets to see the house and surroundings–and so many times he tells me that it looks as though I’d designed it specifically for their home.”–Janice Plihal, Stars dealer #60

★ A FUN Q&A WITH JANICE FROM STARS ★

How long have you been a dealer?
I started at the old Pay-n-Pac swap meet in the early 90s, moved to Antique Alley in Hollywood, then Monticello and found my home at Stars. LOVE it here, Brent, Darwin and Gayle have been beyond supportive as I started with a wall, then a corner and then two full spaces!

How did you get into vintage?
Vintage probably isn’t the right term for me as much as avid recycler. When I bought my home 20 years ago, I realized the value of shopping estate sales, garage sales, and thrifting to furnish my home. As an artist, I’ve always seen other uses for found objects. My degree is in Design and Textiles, so I think when you work with so much form and function, it becomes second nature to apply those principles to everything around you, ie, gardening, home decorating, and apparel design. I now use the same theories in my wood, stone, and shells. Hence my custom business name, byDesign.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I LOVE stuff. It’s endless. Depression Era pedestal cake plates, ceramic dogs that look like mine, vintage seashell ships teamed with old aquarium castles and bridges, turn-o-century shaving mirrors, architectural elements, weathered wood and metal chairs for my garden, birdbaths and cement statuary, angels, ocean paintings, heart shaped rocks, nativity scenes from 1900-1970, and old hand carved teak furniture from the 1870-1930’s. Team that with my husband’s globes and spheres, chinese checkerboards and marbles, and surfboards and we have quite the eclectic mix. Did I mention the Vintage Glass Ornaments and ShinyBrites have taken over the basement along with over 200 salvaged wood, wavy glass, and leaded glass doors from 1890-1940?? HAHA!

What is your favorite era?
Easily 1870-1930. I think I would have been a fairly good pioneer woman.

What is your dream vintage score?
Either someone’s lifetime shell collection or a weathered piece of 1890 furniture, filled with character and patina and fabulous floral-engraved original hardware.

What is the vintage score that got away?
Probably something wonderful that Darwin marked way down and I was a day late or a dollar short!! 😀 He and Brent have taught me the beauty of collecting what you love.

Any vintage shopping tips?
There’s nothing like a road trip with a camping guide in one hand and an “antiques across America” guide in the other. Love garages, backyards, and basements at sales. When you collect, buy what you love.Then use it, have it out to view, enjoy it. Every season, I rotate displays/vignettes at my own home. For me, it justifies the collection, and makes the investment worthwhile. If it ends up in storage and never sees the light of day, it’s time to gift it to someone else.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
We stay pretty close to home, Ohana Hawaiian Cafe and Du’s Grill both on Sandy Blvd. Love Alameda Brew Pub and Peter’s Bar and Grill both on NE Fremont/Beaumont Hill.

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
Rebuilding Center, Hippo Hardware, and Salvage Works are my home away from home. My magazines and books are my alternative to “shopping” and where I often find further inspiration. You are making me realize I don’t do much generic retail!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Garden, snorkel in Hawaii in crystal blue water, sit on the porch swing out front and listen to the wind through the tree leaves

How do you unwind?
There is a well known surfer, Rabbit Kekai who is quoted as saying “…once you feel the sand between your toes, you can never leave the beach”. I have so much fun doing what I love, it is a manner of unwinding and I know how blessed I am. I feel like I’m in my sandbox all day long. I LOVE evening walks with my mom through the neighborhood, she continues to teach me the beauty of simplicity, and the importance of seeing everything fresh each day, as though it were the first time.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
My all-time favorite film is Orlando, I LOVE everything about this film, from the costumes and set design, to the music and actors. The details are amazing, every time I watch I still see something new. Runner-up would have to be Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of balance).

I think it’s more about Nature for me, seeing the intrinsic beauty of everything around us and how interrelated everything in life is. That’s inspiring. Going home to the unconditional love of three rescue dogs-that’s magic. Realizing as I age I have the potential to continue getting better-that’s exciting. This is what makes my heart sing.

Do you have a partner or partners that work with you?
Well, I have to credit my mom, Vera, for always encouraging us to be creative. She has always been very inspirational-even in her 80’s. She also brought us up with the same words her mom brought her up with “…busy hands are happy hands..” I joke with her that she never taught me the importance of resting as I’m busy all day long.

My husband Charles, God bless him, taught me to use of all the shop machinery and since then, I’ve kind of kicked him out of the shop entirely. He has to ask now when he can take the compressor, Senco, and DeWalt, etc which is laughable since he is a licensed contractor. He has been incredibly patient as our small home fills up in the winter with furniture (actually, who am I kidding-it’s year round) and there is a narrow path to walk from one room to the next.

He also works with me on the stone slab pieces, cutting and fabricating the slabs that often “marry” metal and wood bases. A very gifted woodworker and local shaper(surfboards); he has a great eye, but we definitely see things very differently. We constantly learn from one another, exchanging alternative approaches to solve technical problems, collaborating on the large floor to ceiling built-ins I have done for clients (he does the final installation at their homes), and he is quick to encourage me on a tough day.

What would you say your specialty is?
Building furniture with salvaged materials (1870-1930’s lumber and mouldings), keeping original hardware to the era and lead base is always removed.

In 1998, I started with garden theme, ie potting benches, garden benches, trellises all from salvage, cedar fence panels, and found objects. Somehow that progressed to fireplace surrounds/mantels all built from salvage; some were functional meeting Fire Marshall codes; others decorative. A client’s home was featured in Romantic Country where a mantel I had built site specific was featured.

Then in 2007, I started building cupboards and they just took off. With the number of older homes in the Pacific NW and the limited closet/storage space I found my niche. We all need to store our stuff and “hide” our clutter.

In 2009, I started building site-specific for many Stars shoppers who were looking for, but couldn’t find the “right” piece to fit their space and/or needs. I have over a dozen clients who have returned for several additional pieces for their homes and cabins and have referred me to others in the process. The collaborations have been wonderful. Brent has been great about letting me continue to place the custom work on my Stars website where they serve as a portfolio of work completed.

It is very meditative in my shell studio as I assemble one-of-a-kind shell mantels, mirrors, frames, and boxes with hand-picked shells from Hawaii, Florida, Costa Rica and Philippines. My husband is a surfer and Hawaii used to be one of my cities when I was corporate, so we traveled there several times a year. Although I love the ocean, as a Midwest farmer’s daughter, I like my feet on the ground, so while he surfs, I pick shells. LOTS of shells.

Thanks, Janice! Read more interviews with our vintage dealers–> HERE.

Meet the Dealer: Jeff from Splendid!

Hello! Today we are talking to Stars & Splendid vintage dealer #93, Jeff Baron of Vintage Baron. At 5 months in, Jeff is relatively new to the Stars family! He started off with a display case, but has now expanded into a wonderful big booth. He has been dealing in vintage for the last 5 years, but started selling vinyl records on eBay in the late 1990s. Stop by his space for a colorful mix of furniture, housewares, collectible toys, old comics, vintage magazines, vintage vinyl and more.

“I’m from the cut and paste generation, where you can take the best bits and pieces from various eras and weave them into a new design fabric. There are no rules.”
–Jeff Baron, Stars & Splendid dealer #93

You can also find Vintage Baron on Facebook, the Vintage Baron Blog and on Twitter, too!

★ A FUN Q&A WITH JEFF FROM STARS AND STARS & SPLENDID ★

What would you say your specialty is?
My expertise lies in records, but that accounts for very little in my space. My specialty is finding beauty and interest in the unexpected. Whether that is a boat seat from the 1950s, nautical flags or an antique industrial wall mounted soap dispenser. I am drawn to strong colors and bold graphics, but also the simplicity of modern design. I’m attracted to everyday items which are less common these days like pencil sharpeners and drafting tools. I also love old advertising, magazines & comic books.

Do you have a partner or partners that work with you?
I do this by myself, sometimes with my twin 2 year olds in tow!

How did you get into vintage?
I grew up around antiques and spent a good portion of my childhood wandering around swap meets, car shows, yard, rummage and estate sales. My whole family had collections and placed value on their possessions. My grandfather has an old horse barn full of antique cars, juke boxes, model planes, etc. My dad had hot rods and our house was full of antiques. I have baby pictures of me standing on Studebakers, Ford Roadsters, Model T’s and Firetrucks. I guess I was born into it and eventually found my own personal take on the stuff.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Since having children that are very active and curious, the cherished things in the home began to suffer or were put away. I really like mid-century design and industrial modern. Both are not ideal with children. A two year old doesn’t understand the significance of a $1200 marble base arc lamp or a Saarinen table, not to mention the hundreds of other valuables now sitting in boxes in the basement. But I will say that I have appreciation for cool lamps, restaurant ware, industrial metal furniture, graphic posters and advertising. As well as great psychedelic, funk and post punk records.

What is your favorite era?
Honestly, my favorite era is now. We live in a very self reflective time. Right now, you don’t have to be pigeonholed in particular design aesthetic. You just buy what you love. I’m from the cut and paste generation, where you can take the best bits and pieces from various eras and weave them into a new design fabric. There are no rules. You like the look of an old rusty tool box or an old shipping crate with a certain patina, you could put it next to an old painted farmhouse chair or a fiberglass Herman Miller shell chair. Everything is mix and match, you don’t have to stay within any specific era like the 1950s or Arts & Crafts Movement. Although, the 1950s are pretty cool and surprising.

What is your dream vintage score?
The keys to a mansion of a hundred year old hoarder in the arts with really expensive tastes, parents in the medical field and children in the music industry.

What is the vintage score that got away?
I don’t know, I don’t think about it that way. I’m grateful for everything that I have found. I can’t start getting competitive or greedy. I just have to be more creative and find the beauty in the items that initially get overlooked. With kids, I can never be the first one at the sale, in fact, I have found some of my best items at 1pm. I’m very thorough.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Buy what you love, look in every box, don’t be a cheapskate, be nice.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
For pure comfort, Por Que No?

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
What’s that? If it’s not food, wine or vintage, it’s not on my map.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Well, the kids are my primary concern, but a nice bike ride or hike is fun. A movie now and then sounds attractive.

How do you unwind?
At the end of the day, I like to get hooked into a good television series like Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Bored to Death, Mad Men or the Walking Dead. Those are some of my current faves.

Have any fun trips planned?
Road trip to Arizona with the kids for the holidays.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
I studied film and art in school, so I am constantly looking for inspiration in all forms of media. I love watching old movies and pay a lot of attention to the sets, fashions and various objects. I’ve always been interested in television from The Honeymooners and Twilight Zone to the A-Team, Twin Peaks and quite a few modern shows. I was probably the only kid that was totally into Quincy and Remember When with Dick Cavett. Music is really a passion for me, although these days I don’t see many shows, but have an extensive vinyl library. I love the artwork of the albums, the graphic design of the labels and the overwhelming variety of what was produced in the 20th century. I love art and pure expression, from graffiti to the masters. I love graphic art as well, hence my love for comic books, magazines and advertising. Sports, I could literally watch any sort of competition, from darts and bowling to soccer and football, although I don’t watch too much these days. I just love the human dramas that play out with complex storylines, agonizing defeats and of course triumphs and spectacular plays. Right now, I think I listen to more podcasts of This American Life, Freakonomics, Radiolab, The Moth, than anything as I am out trying to find cool stuff to sell.

Thanks, Jeff!